Coronel & Pérez > Guayaquil, Ecuador > Firm Profile
Coronel & Pérez Offices
AV. 9 DE OCTUBRE N. 100 Y MALECON
EDIFICIO LA PREVISORA, PISO 24, OFICINA 2401
Coronel & Pérez > The Legal 500 Rankings
Ecuador > Dispute resolution Tier 1Coronel & Pérez provides an ‘exceptional’ service tailored towards cross-border disputes. It is particularly active in arbitration in the oil sector, with recent highlights including its representation of Chevron in a bilateral investment treaty case against the Ecuadorian state. Leading this matter and the firm’s wider practice is César Coronel Jones, who has deep experience in international arbitration. Fellow co-heads Hernán Pérez Loose and Jorge Sicouret further strengthen the firm’s arbitral expertise, with Sicouret’s practice also extending to litigation and claims brought against state entities. Another key figure in the team is senior associate César Coronel Ortega, noted for his role in representing the Municipality of Guayaquil in Chile-based arbitration. In August 2021, the firm saw the departure of longstanding partner Boanerges Rodríguez Freire and senior associate Boanerges Rodríguez Velásquez, who went on to establish Rodríguez | Rodríguez. The following month, the team welcomed back Verónica Rodríguez after almost four years at the Constitutional Court of Ecuador and the Arbitration Center of the Guayaquil Chamber of Commerce.
César Coronel Jones; Hernán Pérez Loose; Jorge Sicouret Lynch
‘The service has been exceptional because of their personalized attention.’
‘Deep analysis in terms of decision making, as well as quick responses.’
Servicios Integrados Pañaturi
Servicios Petroleros Igapo
Odin Mining del Ecuador
Grupo Ferrer Internacional
Municipality of Guayaquil
- Represented Inmourbanist in high-profile $12m competition-related litigation.
- Represented Ecuavisa in litigation against the tax authority worth more than $1m.
- Represented El Universo in proceedings at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in relation to breaches of the freedom of expression rights.
- Advised Citibank with regards to the Ecuadorian legal aspects of international financing structures backed by guarantees (maritime mortgages) registered in Ecuador.
- Advised Cordiant Capital as sole lead arranger, syndication agent and collateral agent, on a syndicated credit agreement granted to the Ecuadorian companies Productora Cartonera and Surpapelcorp, to refinance short and long-term debt and CAPEX.
César Coronel Jones
Ecuador > Corporate and M&A Tier 4Guayaquil-headquartered Coronel & Pérez regularly acts for clients – particularly from the tourism, energy and agriculture industries – in connection with a range of corporate operations, commercial contracts and regulatory issues. César Coronel Jones and Hernán Pérez Loose co-lead the practice from Guayaquil and are particularly active in relation to the negotiation of investment contracts. Senior associate Felix Ivan Reyes, whose practice takes in both corporate and dispute resolution matters, is also an integral member of the team. Former partner Boanerges Rodríguez Freire and associate Boanerges Rodríguez Velásquez left the firm in August 2021.
César Coronel Jones; Hernán Pérez Loose
Wellbore Integrity Solutions
Forever Living Productos de Ecuador
Cámara de Comercio de Guayaquil
Chubb Seguros Ecuador
- Counselled Cridesa on all matters concerning the core business of the company.
- Advised Metropolitan Touring on a variety of corporate matters, including the drafting of commercial contracts, advising on new investments, and obtaining several local authorisations for its operation.
- Advised Electroquil on a variety of corporate matters, including in relation to corporate finance, corporate governance, and litigation.
Coronel & Pérez > Firm Profile
Since 1975, Coronel & Perez has become one of Ecuador’s most renowned law firms and is proud of its international orientation, deep local knowledge and national presence. Among its clients are many multinational companies, and the firm routinely works with other leading law firms from the US, Europe and Latin America. The firm prides itself on the exceptional depth, thoroughness and competence of its professionals, who are known for successfully handling particularly complex matters. Having offices in both Quito and Guayaquil, the firm directly addresses its clients’ needs throughout Ecuador.
Areas of practice
Arbitration and litigation: the firm has extensive experience in the handling of complex arbitration and litigation and has been recognized as a leader in the field, both in Ecuador and abroad. The firm has successfully acted in local, international and investment arbitration, before multiple arbitration centers around the world. The firm’s lawyers have also participated in complex litigation before Ecuadorian and foreign tribunals, international courts and supranational organizations.
Banking, finance and insurance: the firm has a deep knowledge of the way financial products and services work and of the legal framework applicable in Ecuador and other jurisdictions. It has participated in important investment and financial projects, and has represented both private financial institutions, such as the Andean Development Corporation (CAF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Latin American Reserve Fund (FLAR) and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) of the United States.
Civil, administrative and constitutional law: the firm represents individuals, companies, and institutions, in areas such as private contracts, family law and damage claims. In the areas of administrative and constitutional law, the firm advises clients in all types of procedures, including the negotiation of public contracts and the filing of judicial and administrative recourses and actions.
Competition: the firm represents clients in investigation processes before the national competition and regional authorities and advises companies on questions of local and regional competition law.
Concessions, public-private associations and infrastructure projects: the firm has participated in privatization, concessions and public-private association projects throughout the past decade. Among these projects are the current concessions for the Guayaquil International Airport and for water and sewerage services in Guayaquil.
Corporate law, mergers and acquisitions: Coronel & Perez is one of the firms with the most experience in the corporate field in Ecuador. The firm handles complex corporate transactions and advises on corporate matters regarding both the ordinary course of business and issues affecting specific industries.
Environmental law: the firm has collaborated with government agencies in the setting up of environmental programs and the drafting of regulations. It also advises clients on a wide range of environmental law matters.
International trade and foreign investment: the firm has deep knowledge of the laws that regulate these sectors, including investment protection treaties, routinely advising clients on questions of trade and investment. Coronel & Perez has also worked with the European Commission on the implementation of the EU Ecuador Trade Agreement.
Labor and social security: in addition to providing advice on all issues related to hiring personnel and independent contractors, the firm has represented many clients in the handling of labor relations and collective disputes.
Oil, energy and mining: experience in this field includes not only assistance of clients regarding applicable regulatory framework, but also advice in complex sector-specific disputes and transactions.
Tax and estate planning: Coronel & Perez provides advice in this field paying special attention to the impact of Ecuadorian and foreign tax law. The firm represents several clients in estate planning processes to ensure the sustainability and growth of family-owned businesses.
|Arbitration and litigation||César Coronel Jones|
|Arbitration and litigation||Hernán Pérez Loose|
|Banking, finance and insurance||Boanerges Rodríguez Freire|
|Banking, finance and insurance||Boanerges Rodríguez Velásquez|
|CIVIL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW||César Coronel Jones|
|CIVIL, ADMINISTRATIVE AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW||Hernán Pérez Loose|
|Competition||César Coronel Ortega|
|Competition||César Sánchez Icaza|
|CONCESSIONS, PUBLIC–PRIVATE ASSOCIATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS||Jorge Sicouret Lynch|
|CONCESSIONS, PUBLIC–PRIVATE ASSOCIATIONS AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS||Hernán Pérez Loose|
|Corporate, M&A||César Coronel Jones|
|Corporate, M&A||Boanerges Rodríguez Freire|
|ENVIRONMENTAL LAW||César Sánchez Icaza|
|INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY||Gabriela Guzmán Flores|
|INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT||Jorge Sicouret Lynch|
|INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND FOREIGN INVESTMENT||Hernán Pérez Loose|
|Labor and social security||Jorge Sicouret Lynch|
|Oil, energy and mining||César Coronel Jones|
|Oil, energy and mining||Hernán Pérez Loose|
|Tax and estate planning||Hernán Pérez Loose|
|Tax and estate planning||Boanerges Rodríguez Freire|